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Golf Cart battery question

Postby Ed B » Thu May 16, 2019 7:41 pm

Living in suburbia we are contemplating getting a golf cart to ride around in. We have a two year old so the idea of just tossing him our lap and running down to the pool/parents/friends is pretty intriguing.

My biggest concern is how long do the batteries typically last on these things? The usage will be fairly light, I’d imagine 2-3 times a week going at most a mile per trip, all neighborhood streets.

Any major things to look for or avoid?

I’d love to just get a side by side but can’t justify the cost difference.


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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby BamaProud » Thu May 16, 2019 7:53 pm

On paved roads/light use they should last 5 years or longer. Don't ever let them drain all the way down and keep them filled with distilled water. If you aren't going to use it for a week or longer put it on a timed charger to run 20 min's per day. We use them on our farm and they get used hard. Our batteries last 2-4 years.
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby Chaneylake » Thu May 16, 2019 8:17 pm

Get a gas cart, you can thank me later
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby Ed B » Thu May 16, 2019 8:31 pm

Chaneylake wrote:Get a gas cart, you can thank me later


That’s part of my dilemma. Do I go electric and hope a battery tender type deal actually gets hooked up through the winter and batteries last 5-6 years. Or go gas and then worry about winterizing it as it will likely go 4-5 months without moving. I’ve dealt with the game of chasing bad gas and dirty carbs with an atv for a couple years and it was a complete headache.

Plus and minuses to both but it seems close to a $1500 premium for gas. I feel like I can replace batteries for that much money ($1500, maybe I’m way off) and if a set gets 5 years then that gets me close to ten years down the road and I’ll likely be looking to change it up by then anyways.

If I was on a farm using it daily and logging some real use in it then gas would seem like a no brainer (trust me, I wish that was the reality) but knowing our use will be light it seems like electric makes more sense?


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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby Chaneylake » Thu May 16, 2019 8:44 pm

I have used a gas cart for dove hunting for about 6 years now.

I have never done anything to cart except change oil, air filter and add ethanol free gas.

Absolutely nothing to winterize that I know about.

Only thing I do on cold days is to pull the choke out.

At the rate I am going I see many years with no problem
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby Chaneylake » Thu May 16, 2019 8:46 pm

Mine has set for 2-3 months with absolutely no problem
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby Chaneylake » Thu May 16, 2019 8:48 pm

The fuel/speed/governor is easily adjustable to slow down for children
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby Chaneylake » Thu May 16, 2019 8:51 pm

I have driven up to people at Chaney and they never heard me until I was within 100 feet or so
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby rem270 » Thu May 16, 2019 9:05 pm

I bought one when I lived on the outskirts of town to ride around the neighborhood. I rode it up to 6-7 miles at one time or more. It was electric. If I ever owned another it would be gas though.
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby Chaneylake » Thu May 16, 2019 9:09 pm

rem270 wrote:I bought one when I lived on the outskirts of town to ride around the neighborhood. I rode it up to 6-7 miles at one time or more. It was electric. If I ever owned another it would be gas though.


The gas cart is a heck of a hunting vehice if water is not an issue
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby rem270 » Thu May 16, 2019 9:16 pm

Chaneylake wrote:
rem270 wrote:I bought one when I lived on the outskirts of town to ride around the neighborhood. I rode it up to 6-7 miles at one time or more. It was electric. If I ever owned another it would be gas though.


The gas cart is a heck of a hunting vehice if water is not an issue

Last time I was home I stopped in Greenfield at a friends house to check out a new farm he had just bought across the road from his house. We hopped on his electric cart and it did good around the farm until we went into a shaded cove in the edge of a field. We buried it up. I figured it would be easy to just push him out as he held it in reverse. I couldn't budge the thing. I didn't realize how heavy them things are until then.
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Re: Golf Cart battery question

Postby Ed B » Fri May 17, 2019 9:37 pm

Chaneylake wrote:I have used a gas cart for dove hunting for about 6 years now.

I have never done anything to cart except change oil, air filter and add ethanol free gas.

Absolutely nothing to winterize that I know about.

Only thing I do on cold days is to pull the choke out.

At the rate I am going I see many years with no problem


Very good info and I appreciate the clarification.


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